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It is the late 1930s in Europe and the darkness is gathering. The Nazis are marching, both inside Austria and outside. What can one man do to make a difference?  

Alex Kovacs can see what’s coming – he can, all of his friends can, all of Vienna can. When an opportunity presents itself, a chance to thwart the Nazi invasion of Austria, he agrees to join an espionage network that will take advantage of his regular business trips to Germany to gather secret information. But a personal tragedy soon complicates Alex’s mission and entangles him with a suspicious Gestapo captain in ways that he never anticipated. 

Vienna at Nightfall is the first book in the Alex Kovacs historical espionage thriller series. If you like to explore the world inhabited by Philip Kerr’s Bernie Gunther or the characters created by Alan Furst, a place and time where looming terror and moral ambiguity live side-by-side, then you’ll love Richard Wake’s new pre-World War II thriller. 

Pick up Vienna at Nightfall to discover this exciting new series today! 

©2018 Manor and State, LLC (P)2020 Manor and State, LLC

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Setup for the rest of the series?

I really wanted to like this book. It started off with something I thought was going to be a mystery, it wasn't. Just kind of something that happened in the background. This was just about a low level courier, and we never know what spy info he has or how his couple of spy trips actually helped or did anything. And then the book just ended. I assume this book is just a set up for the rest of the series where he moves up in the spy chain and becomes more involved.
The reading performance was good, and I was interested in the story of the Austrians situation prior to Germany's takover.

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A slow build

This did feel very much like the prologue to a series. The characters are well set up and you can’t say nothing happens (spoiler-Germany invades Austria, Austria isn’t wholly sorry) with spy shenanigans and so on, it’s just that none of them felt like they were meant to be the dramatic climax. It was fine and I will keep an eye out for the next one.